Well, I remain to be convinced about there being a great man here at TPI, but there is certainly a great woman. A solution to my problems around taking a break has been found. I didn't really have to look too far in the end. In fact, across the dinner table was about as far as was needed. There she was, the answer to my prayers - why hadn't I thought of it before? Step forward, my wife.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that she is smarter than me. She's better than I am with a spreadsheet, she doesn't flap when under pressure, she just calmly gets on with things and gets those things done. She doesn't bat an eyelid at the amounts that I gamble with our money and views the whole enterprise with a cool disdain. Perfect.
After a couple of training sessions, my betrothed will be taking over Operation TPI each Sunday. I'll take the kids - she can take the bets. She's even agreed to do all the figures in the evening.
Now I know not everyone is in such a fortunate position to be able to hand over their betting affairs once in a while to somebody else that they can trust. I appreciate it's not the most practical of solutions to many. But sometimes you know, the hardest answers to find are the ones that are right underneath your nose.
Right, better go and read up on how to do a Sunday Roast...
I must admit I'm finding 2011 intensely irritating so far. I don't mind so much actually losing, but what I really don't enjoy is making a decent profit, and then giving it all back. I am the Arsenal of the gambling world - I get well ahead only to give away a strong lead and end up drawing. I can't shake the feeling, daft though I know it is, that I may as well not have bothered making the profit in the first place. It happened last month, and it is happening again this month. The positive is that the process is happening at an earlier period of this month than it did last, so there is more time to recover and still make a decent return for February. Last week turned out to be a great week. So far this week, every day has been a losing one, and the bookies are benefiting, damn them!
Firstly, just to show I'm not a total grump, hats off today to Northern Monkey Punter. Three selections, two winners (Steed - Southwell - 3/1 and Exemplary - Kempton - 100/30) isn't too shabby at all. Unfortunately, that is the full extent of the good news. The only other winner today was found by ProBandit (Royal Acclamation - Kempton - 11/2) but like yesterday, other losers meant the service posted a small loss on the day. Now for the name and shame...detention for PJA NH, Chasemaster, On The Nose, and Winning Racing Tips. Not a single return from any of them - not even for a miserable placed finish. Report card states "Must do better".
PJA NH: Staked 1.5pts, -1.5pts.
Chasemaster: Staked 1pt, -1pt.
On The Nose: Staked 1.5pts, -1.5pts.
Winning Racing Tips: Staked 0.2pts, -0.2pts.
ProBandit: Staked 1.75pts, -0.263pts.
Northern Monkey Punter: Staked 1.5pts, +2.667pts.
Financial loss on the racing of £89.17.
The Sportsman picked Phil Taylor to beat Adrian Lewis in the Premier League Darts tonight. He lost.
The Sportsman: Staked 0.1pts, -0.1pts.
Financial loss on the darts of £20.
Thursday 10th February: Staked £252, -£109.17.
Week to date: Staked £854.50, -£441.77
Month to date: Staked £5,576.50, +£381.75, roi 6.84%.
Right, tomorrow's another day and all that...